December 20, 2012

Awards Keep Piling Up—How Did These Bold Boulderites Do It?

Chasing Ice, the movie is on a role, as the ice keeps melting.

I was innocently sitting in the Cafe of Alfalfas, Boulder’s original Natural Foods Market, when I overheard some great news, O.K. I was eavesdropping, but the tables are really close together.  Really, you know the feeling, how can you not hear what your neighbors are saying in tight quarters? Before I share the great news I heard, allow me to give you a little background.

Apparently, the only thing heating up faster than our planet is the Oscar season for some courageous and bold folks from Boulder, Colorado.    The Extreme Ice Survey was founded in 2007 as a long term photography project giving a “visual voice” to the planets changing ecosystems. For the past 5 years, award winning photographer, James Balog has been documenting the rapid disappearance of our Earth’s Cryosphere. Books have been published, talks have been given, Boulder’s local congressman, Jared Polis, has twice arranged a presentations to members of the U.S. Congress and other public policy makers in Washington D.C —he’s a true hero for education and action. Even late night TV is catching on. Here’s a recent clip from the David Letterman Show. Although Letterman waxed pessimistic the discussion held the viewers attention for sure.

The great news I heard is in addition to Chasing Ice’s Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography, and another 8 or 9 awards, this awe inspiring film just won The International Press Academy award for Best Documentary.

As it turns out, I was sitting next to Lindsay, the film Director Jeff Orlowski’s assistant, as she was studying for her final exams at the University of Colorado.  Well she wasn’t exactly studying at that very moment, she was sharing the news of this fantastic award, yup, they won Best Documentary from the International Press Academy. Lindsay was also excited to share with her friend on her cell phone that Chasing Ice has made the “short list” for Best Documentary for the Academy Award nominations.  We’ll find out if it gets nominated on January 10th.

The film has been described as important, scary, infuriating, powerful, informative, amazing, enlightening, helpful, disturbing, provocative and on and on.  Here’s an example of the impact it had on a 60 year old climate change denier who believed every word Bill O’Reilly ever spoke.

If you want to sign a petition, get involved as a volunteer, learn where you can see this film that a bunch of Boulder, Colorado locals created (the whole team is from Boulder)  go to their web site.  Or visit the Earth Vision Trust site and get involved with the awakening of our planet.  The movie is currently showing at the Dairy Center and in case you didn’t sense my enthusiasm … GO SEE IT, … and if it’s overlooked by Oscar, let the academy know what you think and how you feel.

onward with courage

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Bud Jan 10, 2013 8:09am

It appears that Chasing Ice didn't make it to the Oscars. DARN – here is what I sent to the Academy:

By consensus, Climate Change is the most urgent and dangerous issue facing humanity. Can you explain to me why Chasing Ice was overlooked for an Academy Award? Your choices and decisions have a profound effect upon our world wide culture.
Has Hollywood gone unconscious with it's focus upon box office revenue and entertainment that is more often than not, irrelevant to the pressing issues of our time?

mike smith Dec 22, 2012 6:02am

link to go to the "web site" is broken, (at least as I type this)

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Bud Wilson is the Founder of Deep Nature Journeys. He is a wilderness guide, awareness trainer, and Qi Gong instructor. His advanced training included a 108 day pilgrimage to Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia visiting sacred sites, receiving teachings and transmissions, followed by a 40-day solo in the Cochise Stronghold of the Desert Southwest. He is also a social and environmental entrepreneur engaged in societal change as a senior associate researcher and writer for Environmental Communications. He co-designed international symposia for John Denver’s Windstar Foundation called “Choices for the Future” and coordinated the first World Nature Quest for 35 groups in 17 countries on 5 continents. His interdisciplinary degree from Harvard University included Urban Social Policy, Child Development, and Innovative Education. This partly explains why R. Buckminster Fuller once referred to him as an “adaptive generalist / comprehensivist.” He has conducted programs for the University of Colorado, Naropa University, The Life Force Project, University of Michigan, Rotary International’s Preserve Planet Earth Campaign, Sacred Passage & The Way of Nature, and The Pachamama Alliance “Awakening the Dreamer” events. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Facebook.